There are so many precious things in my kids' lives that I don't want to forget but the days are so busy and seem so long sometimes and I fear when I'm 50 and looking back that I will forget the precious little things that made me smile and the funny little quirks that my kids had. So I want to record them for me to look back on and also to share with them when they are grown someday.
Here's my most recent...
Just so I don’t forget
-You have what seems like an unlimited amount of energy. You will often go in the living room and just run around in circles like a crazy man. It’s hilarious. I sit in awe of you and wish I could just borrow some of that energy. How do you not get exhausted?
-You talk NON-STOP. Literally. You have something to say about everything. Even if it doesn’t make sense, you will still come up with something to say. And sometimes it seems like your brain just can’t stop your mouth and so it just keeps moving and words keep coming out and it’s like circular reasoning and it makes no sense but it’s entertaining to listen to.
-You are still enamored with your dad. J You would spend every waking moment with him if you could.
-You’ve gotten interested in hunting this year as you’ve watched your dad go. You talk about how you are going to go with him when you “grow big” and you walk around the house making anything you find into a “shooter” and hunt deer and elk.
-You love the phrase “you’re my best friend” and you tell me and dad several times a day that we’re your best friend. I hope you know someday that this makes my mommy day. It’s the best thing in the world and makes my heart melt. You may not understand what it means but I can tell you know it means something special and that it means you really like the person you are telling. Thank you for blessing me each day with this. You make everything worth it.
-You are starting to really adore your baby brother, Jack. You do anything you can to try and get him to laugh or smile….you say you are “making him happy”. You basically act like a crazy man just in an attempt to get him to smile. And he does…every time. You told me today that you will love him forever and you will never stop loving him. Again, melt my mommy heart.
-You LOVE your stuffed animals. Like almost in an obsessed sort of way. Every morning you pick one out and carry it around with you all day. They are like your little imaginary friends. When you get hurt, the first person you want to “kiss it better” is always one of your stuffed animals. You have at least 10 in your bed alone and another 20 in bins in your room. But they all have a name and they are all special. Your grandma tells me that your dad was the same way. J
-You seem really smart for your age. Maybe you’re not and I’m just a biased mom, but I think you are pretty smart. You knew all of your colors and your alphabet and how to count to 10 by about 2.25. Your mind remembers everything. You can tell me random facts from 6 months ago, even a year ago, that I didn’t even remember. Your teacher at Bible Study actually asked Grammer, “Um, how old is he again? Cuz he answers all the questions and knows everything we talk about. Are you sure he’s only 2.75?” I hope you use your smarts for God someday. J
-You LOVE the bible. Again, this makes my mom heart happy because I, too, love the Bible. Nothing could make me happier than to see you follow God and obey His word, I pray for it daily. But your favorite thing to do is read Bible stories. And you memorize everyone we read. Your favorite one this year has been David and Goliath. Of course, what little boy doesn’t love David and Goliath. J
-You think it’s funny when we give Eskimo kisses…you laugh hysterically.
-You’ve already started to “wipe off” my kisses! In case you didn’t know, that’s not allowed. Ever. I will be giving you hugs and kisses the rest of my life.
Age 8.5 months
-Oh dear Jack. You are such a sweetheart. I don’t know if it’s cuz your brother is so crazy and so in comparison you seem super sweet, but you are such a precious little thing. You will always smile at anyone. I love it because it makes anyone who crosses your path happy. What an awesome way to be…to make everyone who ever meets you happy?!
-You Love, like really really love, your big brother, Grahm. You light up when he comes in the room. You look for him everywhere and you get so excited when you see him. He can make you laugh at anything and can always make you smile. You just adore him. I hope you two stay best friends forever.
-You are a stinker, just like your brother was, with sleep! I have tried every method in every book…even NO method! And nothing helps you to nap better. You are 8.5 months and still wake at 45 minutes for most every nap. Then I swaddle your arms and move you to your swing and you go back to sleep for the rest of the nap. Someday you are going to have to get out of that swing!
-You may be bad at naps but you are a much better night sleeper than your brother! Yay! You pretty much always sleep through the night and I don’t hear a peep from you. It took some work to get there, but it’s great. Mommy appreciates the sleep very much! J
-You get really excited in the mornings when I get you out of bed and you attack my face. Like you’re so happy to see me but so starving that you could just devour me. I love it. One of the favorite parts of my day for sure.
-You are pretty easy-going. You go to anyone and are content with anyone holding you. There’s not much that makes you too upset…except when you get hurt or you’re hungry.
-You’re not crawling yet…this is when Grahm started. You don’t really show any interest in it and I’m super happy about that! I’m not ready to be chasing 2 kiddos around! J
-You love food. You feed yourself finger food and you attack it like it’s nobody’s business! Your body has the evidence to prove it. J You don’t lack for pudge.
My boys....I love you so dearly and I will forever. I am so blessed to be your mama and I thank God for you daily. I am so grateful I get to be your mother.